Rio de Janeiro
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“Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with sport. All eyes are on the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) for the 2016 Olympic Games and the world will indeed marvel at the feats of speed, strength and skill exhibited by elite athletes, and by the resplendence of Rio de Janeiro itself. As a competitive athlete, I can’t imagine a place more galvanizing than Rio, a destination that conjures the fortitude and serenity required for optimal performance; countless hours of preparation lead up to that make-or-break moment where roaring cheers fall silent and you leave everything on the floor, field, court, track or platform. In Rio, a confluence of cinematic landscapes, energizing sunshine and captivating culture sets the perfect stage for the thrilling events, inspiring not only spectators, but the contenders from around the world who trained tirelessly to get to the Games. However, fitness in this city isn’t reserved for the pros. It’s an inherent part of the carioca (resident of Rio) lifestyle and no matter the sport – whether you’re a local or a visitor, a participant or an onlooker – your favorite event awaits in paradise.” Read More
Of all the benefits the Olympic Games brings to a host country, tourism is right up there at the top of the list, and according to numbers released by the Brazilian tourism minister, Brazil gets a gold for tourism. According to Reuters, Brazil’s forecast of an Olympian influx of 500,000 visitors was believed to be met, …
Quite a lot, as a matter of fact. Rio de Janeiro has such a wealth of historical and natural treasures that you could spend weeks happily occupied without setting foot on the beaches of the Zona Sul. Picturesque islands in the bay, magnificent tropical gardens and former palaces full of dark secrets – these are just a few of Rio’s intriguing, lesser-known places.
Delve into these buzzing dens of produce and banter to discover exotic fruits, uniquely Brazilian street food snacks and more substantial dishes that reflect Rio's intriguing mix of Portuguese, African and indigenous influences.
No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without a true churrascaria (traditional barbecue restaurant) experience, which is generally offered as a set menu that includes a selection of side dishes and salads – and, of course, the perfectly char-grilled, all-you-can-eat meat.
Guides by Lonely Planet helps travellers get to the heart of Rio with offline maps, essential information and must-see sights curated by on-the-ground experts. Explore our new phrases section, and sound like a local!
This quick nine-day tour of northern Brazil hits loads of highlights north of Rio. Samba dance and sip caipirinhas beside the turquoise waters of the Atlantic coast, discover the gorgeous old buildings of Salvador, Bahia, and find out once and for all why Rio's so famous for its nightlife. The tour maximizes time by including two short flights to skip long, overnight bus rides. Hop on board and see Brazil north of Rio.
From the sizzling heat of its nightlife to the cooling shade of its jungles, Brazil's cultural and natural treasures are just waiting to be discovered over these nine unforgettable days. Wander the colonial streets of UNESCO World Heritage site Paraty, stand in awe of incredible Iguassu Falls, and discover for yourself the famously beautiful beach in Rio. Make the most out of your time in Brazil with this unique itinerary.
This tour is designed for anyone looking for the most incredible natural and cultural highlights of southern South America. Spend 18 days exploring the cultures of Chile and Argentina with the Andes as your perfectly picturesque backdrop. Get active in the adventure-sport-lover's paradise of Pucon, Chile and then stand in the mist of majestic Iguassu Falls, before moving on to find out once and for all why Rio de Janeiro is the cultural icon it's become. Enjoy free time to explore this amazing city. Don't leave any adventure-stone unturned; do it all.
Nothing else in the world compares to Carnival in Brazil... see for yourself! Join this 4-day tour and experience the great Rio de Janeiro Carnival!
Nothing else in the world compares to Carnival in Brazil... see for yourself! Join us in this 5-day tour and experience the great Rio de Janeiro Carnival.
Nothing else in the world compares to Carnival in Brazil... see for yourself! Join us in this 6-day tour and experience the great Rio de Janeiro Carnival.